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July 12th 1917 - Letter from Bernard Sladden to his uncle, Julius Sladden

12th July 1917
Correspondence From
Bernard Sladden, Convalescent Camp
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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Text of Letter

Convalescent Camp


Thursday 12th July 17


Dear Uncle Julius


The packet of letters with your note enclosed of 3rd July came last night, and very pleased I was to hear all the news from home. Anne has been at home suffering from the effects of overwork, I believe, but was getting better as a result of the rest and nursing she received at Dolly's and Maidie's hands. Otherwise all was well at home. Arthur gave me a long account of his doings at "Elementaria" which continues to prosper under his management. Various improvements have been affected on the property that have long been talked about, and this, in spite of the difficulty of getting labour.


It was stupid of me to forget to send you the address for my letters after asking you to hold my letters till I send a reliable address. Letters addressed to the SA Hospital have been readdressed to me here. As I expect to be leaving for the base in a few days, my next letters might be addressed thus:


32088 Private B Sladden

16th Waikato Company, 2nd Auckland Infantry Battalion

New Zealand IBD, SWAPO, BEF France


I am afraid my correspondence is making a good deal of trouble for you busy people, but what you have done for me in this way is much appreciated. I received your letter at Abbeville and replied to it. The packet of letters posted prior to those just received have not turned up yet. Most likely I should get them at the base. I had a kind letter from Jack last night who told me all about his plans for moving into his new house at Bedford Park. Like all those who are doing the work of the country at home, Jack must be kept very busy indeed, on account of the shortage of the staff.


Please give my good wishes to Aunt Lottie, and my good wishes and thanks to you all.


Your affectionate nephew

Bernard Sladden

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Envelope containing 3 sheets of notepaper
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